News : In Fredi Bobic’s footsteps – sport
You could almost forget that a newcomer is playing here: VfB Stuttgart has established itself in the upscale regions of the Bundesliga thanks to record striker Sasa Kalajdzic. In the Baden-Württemberg duel with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Stuttgart won 2-0 (1-0) at the end of the 25th matchday on Sunday evening. An own goal by TSG defender Kasim Adams (15th minute) and Austrian Kalajdzic (64th) ensured that the Swabians moved up to eighth place and are only four points behind Bayer 04 Leverkusen in sixth.
Kalajdzic scored against Hoffenheim in the seventh Bundesliga game in a row, setting a club record set by former VfB attacker Fredi Bobic from the 1995/96 season. The TSG remained after the first league defeat in four games, however, only disillusionment. The team of coach Sebastian Hoeneß showed a decent game in Stuttgart, but were sometimes too negligent with their chances. Given that she is nine points ahead of the relegation rank, she probably doesn’t have to worry about staying in the class either.
The best man in the game was VfB professional Silas Wamangituka. If anything went with the hosts, it was mostly on his right side. TSG players Ryan Sessegnon and Chris Richards couldn’t get the fast Congolese under control. The 21-year-old also initiated the tour for the Stuttgart company. After a nice one-two with captain Gonzalo Castro, Wamangituka moved into the penalty area and crossed where the lurking Kalajdzic just missed – but instead Adams kicked the ball into his own goal.
The Hoeneß team needed a few minutes to recover from the early deficit. The closer the break came, the more dangerous the Kraichgauer became because VfB acted negligently on the defensive. In the 39th minute Andrej Kramaric had the greatest chance, but after a strong cross he headed the ball straight into the middle of Stuttgart goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. Shortly afterwards, Sessegnon shot just over it (42nd).
The game between the two midfield teams took some time to get started, but picked up speed after the break at the latest. Both teams acted with courage and aggressiveness, which resulted in a lively game. Florian Grillitsch (55th) tested the again sovereign Kobel with a long shot, then Silas (61st) shot over it. Shortly afterwards, the winger made it better again when, after a fine pass from Castro, he only had to lay in the middle on the lurking Kalajdzic, who pushed in to make it 2-0.
“It’s a good squad, good morale. You can see that we’re at a very good level. We’re making progress match day after match day,” said VfB captain Gonzalo Castro on Sky TV and added: “The primary goal is to be as far away from the relegation ranks as possible. We achieved that. We want to get the most out of it. ” Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch was less in a good mood: “In the last third it wasn’t good enough. We were so inefficient. The last pass wasn’t right.”